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Home Remedies for Bronchitis

Updated on June 27, 2019

Bronchitis is Painful

There are two types of bronchitis acute, and chronic. Acute bronchitis is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air from and to the lungs. Acute bronchitis can be self-treatable and only last for 1-2 weeks. Chronic Bronchitis can be long-lasting and can reoccur. Chronic bronchitis only usually only occurs when you suffer from COPD. Which many smokers get. Bronchitis is very contagious. If you have any of the following symptoms please refer back to your medical doctor for further assistance.

  • Deep cough
  • Coughing up phlegm
  • Chest pain
  • The feeling of fluid in your lungs
  • Hard time breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Wheezing
  • Chest congestion
  • The tightness of the chest
  • Persistent cough

Your bronchial tubes can take a while to heal, so it could take several weeks to recover. If not treated bronchitis is likely to turn into pneumonia. Pneumonia can cause permanent damage each time you get it.

If you have recently had a cold that you just could not get rid of then it is possible that the cold turned into bronchitis. If you are looking for ways to clear up your bronchitis without medications, here are some home remedies for you,

  • Drink plenty of clear fluids
  • Take allergy medicine to help clear some of the mucus in your lungs
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and dark drinks.
  • Take Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or any type of pain medicine to help relieve your chest pain.
  • Cough medicine will help relieve your cough at least a little.
  • You could take a tablespoon of honey to coat your throat, which will help with a sore throat.
  • Get plenty of rest. With any type of sickness, it is always best to get as much rest as you can.
  • If you also have asthma, you may want to take your Nebulizer every 4 hours. This will help you breathe and help break the mucus in your lungs.
  • Try mixing a drink of lemon and honey, since lemon and honey are both natural antibiotics.

You need to proceed to the nearest doctor if the following symptoms occur,

  • prolonger bronchitis
  • severe asthma
  • a cough that lasts more than 2 weeks
  • If you develop on odd taste in your mouth, it could mean you have GERD.
  • your cough produces blood
  • you feel abnormally weak (too weak to stand)
  • Your wheezing
  • A high fever of 100 +

People who are at risk of getting these symptoms are,

  • People with COPD
  • People who have asthma
  • People who have not gotten their vaccines
  • The elderly
  • People with other health issues such as Cancer

It is best to talk to your medical provider about bronchitis, as it could turn into pneumonia. Bronchitis is usually not life-threatening, but if not treated it can turn life-threatening. Please contact your doctor as soon as possible if you expect that you may be suffering from acute or chronic bronchitis.

© 2019 Miranda Scott

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    • Sustainable Sue profile image

      Sustainable Sue 

      9 months ago from Altadena CA, USA

      I've only had bronchitis once . . . along with pneumonia. What got me out of it was a combination of deciding I wanted to continue living, and a friend's recommendation to try a hot toddy. He made me one, then left instructions and a little whisky to make more. I still have them. All I needed was the decision, the friendship, and the one medicinal. . . . well, ok, I was sleeping a lot too. :D

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